Frequently Asked Questions
the Super Aviator with conventional submersibles
Do I need to know how to swim? Swimming
ability is not necessary. Professional rescue divers monitor all
personnel involved in our diving operations. You should, however,
feel comfortable being on a boat and around water.
Do I need to be a diver? You absolutely do
not need to be a diver to fly the Aviator.
Will I Be Able to Take the Controls? Yes!
Our programs are designed to teach you to fly, one step at a time.
The goal of our three day pilot training course is to enable the
Co-Pilot to fly Super Aviator as the Pilot in Command. Our one
day course provides a brief introduction to what is involved in
piloting the Super Aviator.
How fast does the Aviator travel? Super Aviator's
maximum speed is six knots.
How deep will I go? Most dives will be done
at around 100 ft. Deep dives may be possible for those choosing
the advanced, threeday program.
Can I bring a camera? Yes, if it's small
and you understand there's a chance it could get splashed. We
will provide you with complimentary photos and video.
Are there age, size and health requirements?
Yes. You must be under 6'6" and 240 lbs. and in reasonably good
health to participate. It is important that you make the Aviator
Crew Chief aware of any medical issues, such as diabetes or a
heart condition, prior to your very first dive. You must also
be at least 18 years old. Minimum size and weight requirements
Will I be in radio contact with the surface and
other pilot? Yes. Super Aviator is equipped with surface VHF
radios, full duplex (always ON) pod to pod communications, and
high-power digital through water communications from the submersible
to the surface.
Can I bring a guest to watch? Usually yes.
There may be a slight fee involved. As long as there is room on
our support vessel "Sub Daddy", we'll be happy to allow your guest
aboard, so he or she can watch the action from the water, view
the sub on our tracking system and listen in on sub-to-surface
conversations. He or she must, however, understand that Sub Daddy
is a rescue and support boat and must stay close to the sub at
all times. She can't return to the dock for any reason until the
Super Aviator does.
Do I need any special clothes or equipment?
You'll need to bring a pair of "wet socks" or "dive booties" to
wear inside the sub, since no shoes are permitted inside the Aviator.
Keep in mind that you'll be training in a cold mountain environment
with cold water temperatures.
Is it safe? No. There is an element of risk
associated with submersible diving operations that must be understood
and accepted by all persons involved. You will be required to
sign a release of liability. That said, Sub Aviator Systems, LLC
(SAS) follows a strict regiment of maintenance, pre-flight procedures
and proper training to enhance the level of safety in diving operations.
SAS subscribes to the belief that equally as important as emergency
systems, the methods in which the Pilot and Co-Pilot operate the
craft will greatly enhance or detract from the safety of diving
For Scheduling and additional information, call Incredible